LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
They Got It Right
In 2012 I was furious that the Pulitzer Prize was not awarded to any novel. And while I enjoyed the 2013 winner, Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son I was not convinced it was the best novel of the year.
But this year the committee was spot on. The award this year deservedly went to Donna Tartt for her fantastic novel The Goldfinch. Long a big fan of the author, I pre-ordered this book and read it the week it was released. At my age, not a lot of books keep me up reading most of the night but this one did. In addition to the hard copy, I ordered it as an eBook as well. I can truthfully say that of all the books I read this past year (and there were many of them), none held my interest as much as The Goldfinch.
The first book by Donna Tartt was The Secret History followed a decade later by The Little Friend. I had read each of these at least twice so I was really looking forward to this book, a decade after her second novel. I now know exactly how the tweens felt when awaiting a new Harry Potter book. And I wasn't disappointed. This is her best work yet.
The Goldfinch is everything one could ask of a novel. The plot is intriguing and never dull. It is a hefty book with more than 500 pages and I assure you that each page will hold your interest. The characters are well developed, there are many twists and surprises, and the ending is satisfying. This book has so much to offer. Kudos to the Pulitzer Committee for making the right selection this year.